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IAUC 6197: 1995U; 1995V; 6P

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                                                  Circular No. 6197
Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams
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     B. P. Schmidt, Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories, reports
the discovery of a supernova of mag about 18 by R. H. McNaught on a U.K.
Schmidt R film taken by M. J. Drinkwater on July 29.56 UT.  SN 1995U
is located at R.A. = 20h54m40s.62, Decl. = -51d22'26".8 (equinox 2000.0)
in the galaxy ESO 235-IG13.  A nearby star of mag 17-17.5 has end figures
41.19s, 15".1.  M. M. Phillips, Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory,
reports that BVI CCD images obtained by P. Harding with the CTIO 0.9-m
telescope on Aug. 1 and 2 clearly confirm the presence of the SN and
indicate that it decreased in brightness by about 0.1 mag in both B and V
between the two nights.

     R. O. Evans, Coonabarabran, N.S.W., reports his visual discovery of
a supernova in NGC 1087 (R.A. = 2h46m.4, Decl. = -0d30', equinox 2000.0)
with the Australian National University 1-m telescope at Siding Spring
(assisted by J. Jarman and T. Cragg) on Aug. 1.8 UT.  An unfiltered
CCD image obtained by M. Dopita and C. Trung Hua with the 2.3-m reflector
confirms SN 1995V at mag 15.0 and 21" east and 3" south of the center
of the galaxy.  It is likely that the object was not present when Evans
examined the galaxy on July 25 with a 0.41-m reflector.  S. Benetti,
European Southern Observatory, reports that inspection of a
preliminarily-reduced CCD spectrum (range 396-793 nm, resolution 1 nm)
obtained on Aug. 2.40 UT with the Danish 1.54-m telescope + DFOSC at
La Silla confirms the object as a type II supernova around maximum.
Strong H-gamma, H-beta and H-alpha lines with P-Cyg profiles
are superimposed on a blue continuum; the expansion velocity deduced
from their minima is about 11 000 km/s (the recession velocity of NGC
1087 being 1519 km/s).  The expansion velocity deduced from the FWHM of
H alpha is about 15 500 km/s.  The He I 587.6-nm line is also present
with a P-Cyg profile, and it shows a somewhat slower expansion velocity
(about 9000 km/s).

     Visual magnitudes: July 25.40 UT, 9.7 (A. Hale,
Cloudcroft, NM, 0.41-m reflector); 26.35, 8.8 (R. Keen, Mt. Thorodin,
CO, 7 x 50 binoculars); 26.95, 9.4 (M. Moller, Timmendorfer Strand,
Germany, 0.15-m reflector); 29.38, 9.6 (Hale); 30.33, 8.7 (C. S.
Morris, Pine Mountain Club, CA, 20 x 80 binoculars); 31.04, 8.5
(K. Hornoch, Lelekovice, Czech Rep., 0.20-m reflector); 31.65,
8.4 (T. Lovejoy, Brisbane, Australia, 15 x 80 binoculars).

1995 August 2                  (6197)              Brian G. Marsden

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